Postmaster: No Complaints Yet on Saturday Proposal

WHEELING – Randy Link, postmaster at the main Wheeling post office on Chapline Street, said he has not yet received any customer feedback regarding the U.S. Postal Service’s plan to cut Saturday service.

“There’s no anticipated change to the window hours or the express mail, which is next-day delivery offered 365 days a year,” Link said.

Link said technology such as email, texting and other social media has put a damper on the USPS’ business.

“That’s the problem. We need to get everybody to write letters again,” he said.

Link said he believes when the USPS conducted its research about how to save money, most people did not have a problem with changing Saturday service.

“I think the Postal Service will do what’s necessary to remain competitive. We’ve been around for a long time, but we have to change,” he added.

However, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., is disappointed about the Postal Service’s decision to cut Saturday letter delivery service.

“In our rural areas, these postal facilities are more than just places to send and receive mail – they are truly the lifelines of their communities and can be the only way a town is able to stay connected. Although the Postal Service must cut back on spending and get its fiscal house in order, cutting the muscle instead of the fat from its budget will not benefit the agency and will harm our communities in West Virginia and across our country,” Manchin said.

Manchin spokeswoman Katie Longo said Manchin would vote to protect Saturday delivery if the Senate scheduled a vote on the issue.

“In the meantime, he has consistently demanded the Postal Service cut spending and get its fiscal house in order by eliminating excessive bonuses for Postal Service executives, making sure that the products offered by the Postal Service cover their costs, getting rid of retail space that the Postal Service is not using, and ending the expenditure of Postal Service advertising dollars on luxuries such as sponsoring a NASCAR team,” she said.